Pausa Bar & Cookery

  • Address: 223 E. 4th Avenue
  • San Mateo, CA 94401

Pausa, Italian for “pause,” offers fresh and authentic Italian fare made from scratch with the bounty of Northern California ingredients, paired with an all-Italian wine list, craft cocktails and spritzes.

Chef /co-owner Andrea Giuliani and co-owner Steve Ugur’s restaurant is a place where guests can take a short recess from their daily pace of life and enjoy a dining experience that transports them to a place of leisure. Whether the gathering is a lunch with old friends, Spritz Hour in the lively bar, a date night in the ambient dining room, or a behind-the-scenes dinner experience at the Chef’s table, they hope to revitalize guests’ senses.

Pausa Bar & Cookery is open for lunch and dinner daily. Located in the heart of downtown San Mateo, is the perfect venue for a corporate event, bridal shower, birthday party or any other celebration. A range of menu options are offered, from tasting dinners to cocktail receptions, with the capacity to host groups of 6 to 90.


Dine on the Freshest
  • Cost: $$$
  • Large Group: 75 to 100 people
  • Meals Served:
    • Dinner
    • Lunch
  • Parking Options:
    • Garage
    • Self
    • Street
  • Accept Credit Cards:
  • Cuisine:
    • Italian
Meeting Facilities
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Description Located in the heart of downtown San Mateo, Pausa Bar and Cookery is the perfect venue for a corporate event, birthday party, bridal shower, or any celebration. The restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine in a modern atmosphere. The private event space can accommodate 44 guests. The restaurant also features a chefs table that can seat 6-8 guests with a front row view of the culinary team and information from the chef.
  • Reception Capacity 125
  • WiFi true
  • Banquet Capacity 44
  • Number of Rooms 4
The Communal Table (Semi-Private)
  • Banquet Capacity: 10
The Bolle Room (Private)
  • Banquet Capacity: 44
Chef's Table (Semi-Private)
  • Banquet Capacity: 8
Restaurant Buyout
  • Banquet Capacity: 90
  • Reception Capacity: 125